AAI Announces Private Antitrust Enforcement Hall of Fame

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) is pleased to announce the establishment of the Private Antitrust Enforcement Hall of Fame. The introduction of the Hall of Fame in 2018 is an important part of celebrating the AAI’s 20th anniversary and furthering the legacy of the progressive competition research, education, and advocacy that has defined AAI’s mission and success since its founding in 1998.

The Hall of Fame highlights the importance of private antitrust enforcement at a time when vigorous antitrust enforcement could not be more essential for the health of the U.S. economy and its markets, and for the protection of consumers, workers, and innovators. The inaugural “Class of 2018” sets a high standard for the caliber of success and achievement that AAI seeks to honor. The Hall of Fame recognizes practitioners for three major contributions:

  • Distinguished service to the private antitrust enforcement community;
  • Commitment to the enforcement of the antitrust laws; and
  • Success in fighting for competition, consumers, and workers

The Private Antitrust Enforcement Hall of Fame 2018 inductees are:

  • Joseph Goldberg
  • H. Laddie Montague Jr.

Joseph Goldberg is a senior shareholder in the law firm of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward P.A. Mr. Goldberg taught in law schools for nearly 20 years and has been in active private practice for more than 25 years. His practice focuses on antitrust, class actions, complex commercial litigation and election law. Mr. Goldberg is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the leading plaintiffs’ antitrust litigators in the U.S. He is well known for his work with economic and statistical experts, his ability to understand complex cases and convey complicated issues, and to communicate those issues to juries.

Mr. Goldberg has tried a number of cases to multimillion-dollar verdicts and has recovered more than $5 billion for victims of antitrust violations. He served as lead plaintiffs’ trial lawyer in In re Urethane Antitrust Litigation, one of the largest price-fixing verdicts in history, and has served in leadership positions in numerous other national class actions, including Polypropylene Carpet Antitrust Litigation, Bulk Vitamins Antitrust Litigation, and Visa/Mastercard Interchange Fee Antitrust Litigation.

Mr. Goldberg served on the law school faculties of the University of North Dakota and University of New Mexico. He also served as the General Counsel for the University of New Mexico and as Secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department and the New Mexico Health & Environment Department. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the American Antitrust Institute and the U.S. Advisory Board of the Loyola University Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.

H. Laddie Montague Jr. is Chairman Emeritus, Managing Shareholder, and Co-Chairman of the Antitrust Department at Berger Montague, where he co-founded the firm in 1970. Mr. Montague has been repeatedly named as one of the top competition lawyers in the U.S. and internationally. Mr. Montague is known for his long-term stewardship of his firm’s antitrust department, regarded by his peers in the legal profession as “the dean of the Bar,” and widely recognized and respected as fair-minded.

Mr. Montague was courtroom trial counsel for plaintiffs in the landmark Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Litigation, for which he received the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice 1995 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. He has served as lead or co-lead counsel in numerous class actions, including: High Fructose Corn Syrup Antitrust Litigation, In re Infant Formula Antitrust Litigation, and Bogosian v. Gulf Oil Corp. Mr. Montague was co-lead counsel for the State of Connecticut in its litigation against the tobacco industry, has tried several complex jury cases, including the In re Master Key Antitrust Litigation, In re Corrugated Container Antitrust Litigation and In re Brand Name Prescription Drugs Antitrust Litigation, M.D.L. class actions, and is currently co-lead counsel in several pending class actions, including the recently concluded In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litigation and In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation (Damages Class).

Mr. Montague has spoken widely in various international venues, including: the OECD, European Commission, International Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association, and Competition Law & Policy Forum. He is former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dickinson School of Law at Penn State University and current Chairman of the Dickinson Law Association.

The 2018 Hall of Fame ceremony will be held November 14, 2018 during the luncheon of the AAI’s Annual Private Antitrust Enforcement Conference.